Sign of forward progress - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com This article on our running game got me thinking: Our run game is now back in place. Imagine scouting just the running game: that's four guys. And Faulk has now solidified himself as a run threat this season more than last year, making him extra scary, because he's also a serious receiver imo. I believe we have a good shot at effective ball control offense. Jordan and Morris are awesome when they're on their game (and by awesome, I mean hard to stop, not breaking the big ones). This along with Welker and Cassel's good decision making, I think we're in good shape to convert third downs and maintain long drives. Reiss shows us as having the lowest total and percentage of negative running plays. Gotta hand it to our RB's and O-Line there. Relatedly, we're 8th in the league in rushing yards and 6th in rushing TD's. We're 11th in passing third down conversions. Rewatching the Hawks game, our defense actually looked pretty good. We can measure signs of improvement a bit, but we won't really know where we're at until we beat the snot our of Arizona. Sanders got real close to a sack on a corner blitz and we all took notice of the Meriweather blitz. Our D must get something together on third downs, and though it may not be worth much, our third down D was significantly better last week, more-so after we plugged some fresh guys into the D. So in my mind, if the D can scheme and improve just a little on a couple of points, we've got a good shot at taking care of business. There's a Q-Back concern for this week, but until today's practice report comes out, I'm not too worried about that. What do you guys think? I really feel like the team is finding itself each week and just may play some (tight) winning December football. It may come down to scouting and scheming, but this team looks to be in good shape from the numbers.